The traditional Christmas, New Year and Easter festivities — an exciting period for people, especially those who work far from their home towns — often bring with them heartaches upon their families and loved ones due to accidents and a high level of criminal activities. Accidents on Namibian roads have been increasing each and every year during these periods. The usual suspects are intoxication and negligence of road signs and rules. But can excitement be a contributing factor as well since many have been away from home for a long time? Or perhaps it’s haste, poor eyesight, or other reason?
When I started driving I was taught a simple lesson — most accidents happen just at the beginning and towards the end, not the middle of the journey — one which I have kept with me every time I embark on a journey. This lesson have led me to believe that it is the excitement that leads us to do things we never expected to do, such as over-speeding. However, accidents do not only happen to those who are over-speeding and the like, but even those who are obedient to road traffic rules are met with the same fate. This brings the conclusion that nobody is safe on the road. When you are stressed, when you take pleasure in the contents of an alcoholic bottle, when your eyelids can no longer open, and when the needle go beyond the allowed speed limit, then we are inviting trouble (accident). Therefore, avoid none of these to arrive alive to our families and destinations. The town where you are going will never be shifted but your life may be cut short. Drive to arrive alive.